Jonathan Woodgate predicts Everton to survive relegation after 'brilliant' form
Jonathan Woodgate believes Everton are out of danger in the relegation battle from the Premier League after their ‘brilliant’ recent form.
The Toffees have won back-to-back games for only the second time this season, beating Chelsea and Leicester to climb out of the relegation zone with a game in hand on Burnley and Leeds.
Now BBC pundit Woodgate, who was speaking to britishgambler.co.uk, believes it’s between Burnley and Leeds to go down to the Championship because the blues’ home form is so good.
“I hope they [Leeds] do [stay up]! It’s hard to judge,” he said.
“Everton have been brilliant the last few games, beating Chelsea at home and beating Leicester away and the victory against Man United as well – I was looking at their away form and thinking they hadn’t won since Brighton on August 28th – 6 points away from home since before Leicester, and I think they’ll be okay now as they’ve got a couple of home games and I think they’ll pick up 6 points from their two home games.
“It’s gonna be down to Burnley and Leeds.
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“I watched Jesse Marsch’s first game against Leicester, and I know they got beat in that game, but you could see what they were trying to do and they were very good.
“They’ve been playing very well, and I thought they were clear of the danger, but have been dragged back in by the form of Burnley and Everton. But it’s out of Burnley and Leeds!”
This battle against relegation is far from over and the Everton squad cannot afford to have any complacency going into the final four games of the season.
Frank Lampard’s side will face Watford, Brentford, Crystal Palace and Arsenal before the season comes to a close and with their form so hot and cold this season there is no guarantee of points anywhere.
The team have done brilliantly to drag themselves out of a terrible position, having fallen into the drop zone and looking bereft of ideas on how to get a win recently.
But now their destiny is in their own hands and they will be very keen to keep it that way by claiming all three points on Wednesday [May 11] at Vicarage Road to put some breathing room between themselves and their rivals.
This race isn’t done yet, but they’re in a favourable position. Now they must remain focused and get the job done rather than get carried away.
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